Band of the Day

2014.05.20

DENA

Bulgarian-born pop sensation who mixes R&B, 90s-inspired dance and hip-hop, with native Balkan beats
Thought I can adjust my timeline to the one you're in, but it's like a different rhythm that we've got rolling parallel within the layers of this town.
lyrics from Bad Timing

Ever since moving to Berlin in 2005, Bulgarian-born boom-pop sensation DENA (born Denitza Todorova) has been working on her signature sound, a unique brand of pop, R&B, 90s-inspired dance and hip-hop, and native Balkan beats.

After her smash single “Cash, Diamond Rings, Swimming Pools”, later released as an EP on Kitsuné, went viral in summer 2012, DENA has received praise from some of the biggest media in Europe (e.g. Der Spiegel, Dazed & Confused), as well as wowing audiences at SXSW 2013 and supporting bands such as Das Racist, Icona Pop, and The Whitest Boy Alive.

2014 promises to be her biggest year yet, as she’s finally unleashing her debut album Flash, a collection of bass-heavy songs about the ever-increasing pace of human life in the digital era: Making sure the massive beats and chords she usually creates on her MPC and keyboards add a necessary lightness (that “fun” factor) to Flash, DENA addresses various topics such as friendship, trust vs. disappointment, impossible love, or girl power.

Flash is, essentially, her story, DENA’s take on modern-day life in the metropolis, raw, rugged, grainy, and shot from the hip.